Submitted by Stephen Morris on 2012-09-11
South Yorkshire

Work begins on The Sheffield University Technical College

Ground has been broken on the £8.5 million development of a specialist engineering and digital technology facility for South Yorkshire, scheduled for completion in September 2013.

The Sheffield University Technical College (UTC) will train around 600 students between the ages of 14 and 19 in the practical skills required for the workplace of the future.  It will focus on advanced engineering and creative / digital industries, and also provide GCSE courses in subjects including Maths and English.

The college is sponsored by the city's two universities - Sheffield Hallam and Sheffield University, and will be Yorkshire’s first University Technical College.  UTC’s are established to allow students to benefit from the expertise of local business, further education colleges, vocational education experts and Universities.

They are designed to offer clear routes into higher education or further learning in work. The institution will work alongside employers such as Tata Steel, Boeing and Newburgh Engineering to provide the skilled workforce they need to thrive. Sheffield City Council said it would provide "world class expertise" in the city and bring in jobs.